Finally, I tripped over something—it was black now, I had no idea what caught my foot—and I stayed down. I rolled onto my side, so that I could breathe, and curled up on the wet bracken. As I lay there, I had a feeling that more time was passing than I realized. I couldn’t remember how long it had been since nightfall. Was it always so dark here at night? Surely, as a rule, some little bit of moonlight would filter down through the clouds, through the chinks in the canopy of trees, and find the ground. Not tonight. Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight—a lunar eclipse, a new moon. A new moon. I shivered, though I wasn’t cold.

Moon Phases, by Dana Gerhardt 

"We can slice the Moon’s cycle into as many phases as we want. Arabian, Indian, and Chinese astrologers divided the Moon’s orbit into 28 or 27 “mansions.” They noticed how each day of the lunar month had its own unique and recurring qualities. When I was growing up, most calendars, if they listed the Moon at all, identified just four phases: new, full, and the two quarter Moons. This information meant nothing to me at the time, but I heard it was useful to fishermen and gardeners. Today both astrologers and astronomers divide the lunation cycle into eight phases."

The time has come for me to say a few things about Twilight’s reputation as a fundamentally unfeminist and even sexist franchise. The way I see it, the response of both men and women to Twilight speaks much higher volumes about how women in popular culture are perceived. Okay so first, I understand that many people have an issue with Stephanie Meyer’s writing ability and I’m not here to argue with that, she’s no Jane Austin, but the problem I have is with the criticism she receives over the plot of her novels and the films. The fact that the initial concept for the book came to Stephanie in a dream has rendered Meyer subject to ridicule, Robert Pattinson even mocking her in an interview by saying that she wishes she were Bella and that he was virtually taking part in the re-enactment of her sexual fantasies. This to me is society saying, “what? You’re a woman finding a creative outlet for your romantic desires? No thank you.” Many people seem to believe that Twilight teaches young girls that they need a man to complete them. I disagree entirely. Bella makes it very clear that “This wasn’t a choice between you and Jacob. It was between who I should be and who I am.” If a woman choosing love because she wants it, even when people are telling her not to, is not a feminist belief, I don’t know what is. And finally the response that Kristen Stewart has received after playing the role, utterly disgusts me. She has been told she needs to smile more, when a male actor in a similar position would never be told such a thing. She has been told that she is awkward and ungrateful for her fame simply because she is not the most confident human being in the world. And she has been told that she can’t act by people that have only seen her in Twilight and do not realise that she portrayed the character the way it was written, she was doing her job. So I would ask you not to treat Twilight and its fans like a joke, what kind of a message does this send out to 13 year old girls who genuinely love the franchise? It tells them that something they find beautiful is worthless and so are their passions.

As I stared at his too beautiful face, trying to understand the change, it suddenly struck me that I was really here, in Edward’s arms, however fleetingly, and that we were not — at this exact moment — about to be killed.